We are specialists in Drug Driving Offences
We are here to understand, offer expert advice and to help you keep your licence
If you have been charged with a drug drivng offence, please Call us and speak to Neil or Gillian on:
0800 433 2880
Motoring Defence Solicitors are a specialist branch focusing on drug driving offences.
If you face an allegation of drug driving, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss all of your options. We strongly recommend that you speak to a drug driving lawyer as this is one of the most serious allegations a motorist can face. Seeking advice early can have a significant impact upon your chances of success at trial if you decide to defend the matter. Should you wish to plead guilty, we can help you minimise the penalty..
If you have been charged with driving whilst unfit through drugs then please click here
If you provided your sample whilst in hospital then please click here
Motoring Defence Solicitors can provide you with free and comprehensive advice about the options available to you. Following our advice, you will be able to make an informed decision about your case. We may also be able to alleviate some of your concerns and help you feel more confident about the proceedings you now face so please feel free to contact us to discuss.
Our track record speaks for itself…
Many motorists assume that they have to plead guilty but this is simply not the case. As motor defence specialists, we have an outstanding success rate of securing our clients’ acquittals. The vast majority of our clients walk away from court with their licence intact and without a criminal record.
Each case is unique and so we recommend you contact our motor law specialist, Neil Sargeant to discuss in more detail free of charge. At Motoring Defence Solicitors we want you to be confident with your representative and have included our success rates to demonstrate our expertise. In addition to free advice, there is a wealth of information available on this site which may answer your questions.
If you have already been charged with this offence then it will mean that you have provided a blood or urine sample that has tested positive for a controlled drug. You can read more about blood and urine samples by clicking here. Alternatively, you may have provided your sample but not yet have the results of analysis and therefore be on bail without any formal charge.
Drug Driving OffencesFrequently Asked Questions
The short answer is no, however there are many similarities. The charge of “drug driving” was introduced to help streamline the (rather problematic) process used to prosecute motorists who were charged with “driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs”. The intention was to essentially make the overall process similar to that used in drink driving cases (i.e. setting legal limits on the quantity of drugs in a person’s system etc). Cases brought under the old legislation can often be more difficult for the Prosecution and we recommend you contact us for a chat. Alternatively you can read more about drug driving and driving whilst unfit by clicking here
Unfortunately the court’s hands are tied to an extent when it comes to sentencing and if you plead guilty or are found guilty then they have no discretion and must impose a disqualification of at least 12 months. The main ways you can avoid a disqualification is via successfully defending your case (which is what we specialise in at Motoring Defence Solicitors) or if special reasons apply.
The law in Scotland is slightly different to that in England and Wales and we would recommend speaking to a specialist based in Scotland.
What makes Motoring Defence Solicitors different from the rest?
Being charged with an offence can be a frightening experience but a lawyer can help you. Finding the right representative can be a daunting process but we believe our solid success rate speaks for itself. We will prove that our success is due to our expert knowledge and through client-care.
Prior to “drug driving” being introduced formally in March 2015, driving offences involving drugs were dealt with under the umbrella of “driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs”. We have maintained our success rate of defending drug-related case over the past 10 years regardless of the charge being one of “unfit” or “drug driving.
You can read more about drug driving by clicking here or feel free to contact us for an informal chat about your case.
Even amongst other road traffic specialists this is an extremely impressive statistic but when we are instructed in a case we want to ensure you receive a first class service and this is an area which we excel.
At Motoring Defence Solicitors we look at every possible aspect of your case and provide you with thorough and clear advice . We do not bombard you with legal jargon but rather give you an honest and frank opinion about the merits of your case. Our aim is to ensure that you have all the information required to make the best decision for your own case as you are the person that will live with the outcome.
As part of this process we will scrutinise the case against you and look specifically at:
The Procedure Conducted by the Police.
The process is very strict and the police often (rather alarmingly) make mistakes.
How the Evidence was Obtained From You.
Whether it was blood or urine is a significant detail. Depending on the sample we will examine
- How you provided your blood/urine sample
- How the sample was stored/analysed
The Strength of the Evidence Against You.
The Prosecution must convince the court that you are guilty beyond reasonable doubt. We know that defendants often plead guilty before seeking advice, possibly because of negative advice at the police station. The evidence against you must be strong enough to prove that you are guilty.
The Prosecution has obligations that they must satisfy when preparing a case and we often see instances where they fail to do this. It is one of your fundamental legal rights to a fair trial and we have successfully argued that the failings of the Prosecution prevent you from enjoying this right. This can often lead to the case being dismissed.
Whether Special Reasons apply
A non-motor law specialist may advise you to plead guilty. Therefore, we would strongly recommend that you contact us to get the most accurate advice
We strongly recommend that you check any insurance policies you currently hold to see if you have any legal protection. Legal Protection (“motor legal protection” or “legal expenses insurance”) is often included in policies as a free extra and you may not be aware that you have it. If you have this level of cover then the insurance company may be able to provide funding for representation.
Please note that the insurer may claim you must use a firm of their choosing but rest assured this is simply not the case. We are happy to liaise with your insurer on your behalf in order to secure funding if you wish to instruct us.
The costs of representation will vary depending on whether you decide to plead guilty or not guilty. We can provide you with free advice in respect of your plea, so you can make the right decision for you.
If you wish to plead guilty we would not usually expect more than one hearing to be required and we can therefore agree a fixed fee.
Should you wish to defend your case then it may be several months before your case reaches trial and the fees incurred will be influenced by:
- The complexity of the case is; and
- The number of hearings involved/duration of the proceedings
We would only advise you to defend your case if we genuinely believed you had a high chance of success. We can also offer flexible payment plans to try and assist you in respect of funding.
For more detail about the fee structure and payment options available please visit our dedicated costs page here or contact us to discuss your case in more detail.